2020: A Year to Flourish

DenaJanuary 3, 2020

flourish [ flur · ish] verb
definition: to be in a vigorous state; thrive.
to be in one’s prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.

synonyms: bloom, blossom, boom, develop, do well, expand, multiply, succeed, thrive, arrive, flower, increase, score, be on top, bear fruit, get ahead, hit it big, live high on hog


2015: Survive
2016: Bravery
2017: Strength
2018: Build
2019: Abundance
2020: Flourish


My words of the year, these last six years, tell a story. My story of surviving, of bravery, of strength, of rebuilding, of abundance–and now–of flourishing.

Sometime last year, our family photographer asked her clients to share their favorite memory from her work. At the time, I was drowning, treading water in my own life. I wanted to dig for the memory, but I couldn’t keep my head above water long enough to do it. Things are different now. It isn’t just the magic and hope of a new year. It’s the fact that I’ve worked so fucking hard to get to this place. Blood. Sweat. Tears. Years of falling to my knees and praying for something to come together for us; for unbridled hope and joy and peace. And finally, all of that praying and all of that hoping and all of that working… it’s all come together. I will never say that we “made it” because life is a journey and we fight as long as breath is in us. But I will say that “we’re here.” Because we deserve that much. We’ve earned it.

That’s the image I chose as my favorite memory from Erin. It was taken a few years ago now, in the heart of the storm. But she managed to capture the magic there too. And that’s what I always want to remember, that’s what I always want my babies to remember–that no matter how hard the storm rages, there is magic yet to be found, if you know where to look.

My intention this year is simple: presence, hard work, and completion. There is so much more that I would love to say about the magic that I have planned for this year. But this year is going to be a year of showing rather than telling. So stay tuned. I am so grateful to have you along for this ride. Make sure that you are subscribed to our emails so that you don’t miss any of the flourishing. xo

Further reading: My 2017 Word of the Year // My 2018 Word of the Year // My 2019 Word of the Year

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